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A Greener Festival Announce 2016 European and US Award Winners

  • agf_award_2016-logo25 festivals across 13 countries awarded the Greener Festival Award for 2016.
  • 10thyear of the Greener Festival Awards
  • Tougher standards raise the bar and challenge events.
  • Awards presented at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands.

A Greener Festival (AGF) have announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award since the schemes relaunch in 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious award since it’s relaunch last year, with additional requirements of events who apply.

An Awards ceremony for winners was held at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with Green Event Netherlands on Friday 13th January, 2017. AGF Director Teresa Moore presented certificates to winners including  Das Fest (Germany), Body & Soul (Ireland) and Glastonbury Festival (UK) (pictured left to right).

Co-Founder of AGF, Claire O’Neill said “Events who have achieved the Greener Festival Award 2016 have shown an incredible dedication to walking the talk, minimising the environmental impact of their events and using them as a positive and much needed portal for change. It has not at all been easy, with the most challenging assessments to face events in our 10 year history. We salute all of you!”

To participate festivals are required to complete a self-assessment looking at 11 categories of sustainability including travel & transport, waste, local ecosystems and external reach and behaviour. Independent AGF Auditors visit the event to inspect the actions on the ground, and work with the organisers post event to gather supporting evidence and data.

“After five years of raising the bar on the environmental and community impact of Green Music Fest, A Greener Festival challenged us to critically analyze all aspects of event operations. Bright Beat now brings this elevated level of awareness to all of our events, as ‘a rising bar lifts all festivals” said Stephanie Katsaros, Sustainability Director of Highly Commended Award winner, Green Music Fest (Chicago, USA) and Bright Beat Founder.

Green Music festival with their Award

Greenbelt UK

Nozstock the Hidden Valley

And the 2016 winners are:

OUTSTANDING
Boom Festival (Portugal)
We Love Green (France)

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
DGTL Festival (Netherlands)
Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Green Music Fest (USA)
Heart of Glass Heart of Gold (France)
Øya Festival (Norway)
Welcome to the Future (Netherlands)

COMMENDED
Bona Nit Barcelona (Spain)
Das Fest (Germany)
Extrema Outdoors (Netherlands)
Greenbelt Festival (UK)
Kew the Music (UK)
Liberation Festival (Netherlands)
Malmofestivalen (Sweden)
Northside Festival (Denmark)
Primavera Sound (Spain)
Wood Festival (UK)

IMPROVERS
Arla Food Fest (Denmark)
Body & Soul (Eire)
LaSemo (Belgium)
Metal Days (Slovenia)
Nozstock: the Hidden Valley (UK)
Paradise City (Belgium)

An insight to what these events are doing, and what is on the horizon for sustainable events will be presented at the 9th annual Green Events & Innovations Conference, London, 7th March, in association with the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).

André Soares, Sustainability Designer of Boom Festival (Portugal) said Boom Festival 2016 was a great personal challenge and this award means more than you can imagine. I appreciate all the work [A Greener Festival] have done to increment the evaluation criteria and I believe the results of your work will have a lasting impact in the music and festival industry.”

Robert Gomez, Green Music Fest (Chicago, USA) Founder shared that, “Being ‘Highly Commended’ by A Greener Festival really validates Green Music Fest’s environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices and, we hope, inspires other local festivals to consider doing the same.”

Artur Mendes, Boom Festival “”We are happy to get the award once again, for the 5th time in a row the Greener Festival auditors recognised Boom with the Outstanding prize. It is the only eco award for festivals that we give credibility as there is a team visiting the festivals and this year the evaluation was more thorough and detailed; Boom is totally independent, no sponsors, and engaging in sustainability is made strictly with our own resources and an amazing contribution of our fabulous Boomers. On the other hand, we are using the Boom experience to reforest the Boomland and act on many fronts such as charity, on the integration of people, and positively affect the surrounding area of the festival which is one of the poorest in Portugal with unemployment rate of 16% and more than 50% pensioners. We dedicate this award to all Boomers”.

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2016 EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS – the winners

efasThe 2016 EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS are done and dusted, with live performances from James TW, Roosevelt and The Children of the Revolution, and those winners are:

Best Small European Festival: SNOWBOMBING (Austria)

Best Line Up: PRIMAVERSA SOUND (Spain)

Brand Activation Award: PUKKLEPOP – Smart Energy Grid (Belgium)

Agent of the Year: NATASHA BENT (Coda Agency, UK)

Best Indoor Festival: REEPERBAHN Festival (Germany)

Best New Festival: MAD COOL (Spain)

Artist’s Favourite Festival: SZIGET (Hungary)

museHeadliner of the Year: MUSE

Health & Safety Award: SOUTHSIDE Festival (Germany)

Best Medium Sized Festival: PALEO FESTIVAL Nyon (Switzerland)

Green Operation award: SHAMBALA Festival (UK)

Newcomer of the Year: DUA LIPA

Promoter of the Year: AFTER ART (Poland)

Best Major Festival: ROCK WERCHTER (Belgium)

Award for Excellent and Passion: CHRISTOF HUBER

Lifetime Achievement Award: DAN PANAITESCU

A Greener Festival Award Winners Announced at EuroSonic

Greener Fesival Award winners Body & Soul, Das Fest and the Glastonbury Festival

Greener Fesival Award winners Body & Soul, Das Fest and the Glastonbury Festival

The European and US festivals who have won of the prestigious Greener Festival Award 2016 have been announced at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival and conference in Groningen, the Netherlands. The winners are a select elite of sustainable events who have entered the Greener Festival Awards scheme, and submitted their environmental good practice to an external independent assessment. AGF’s Teresa Moore made three awards in person, to Body & Soul, Das Fest and the Glastonbury Festival. The Awards ceremony also announced a new initiative from the municipality of Utrecht, A Greener Festival and Green Events Nederland. Utrecht’s Hedwih Leijten and Green Events Paul Schurink were on hand to explain that Utrecht would now support festivals to enter the Greener Festival Awards scheme, and that the scheme is likely to spread to other Dutch municipalities.

The Greener Festival Award 2016 winners:

IMPROVING
Arla Food Fest
Body & Soul
La Sema
Metal Days
Nozstock – the Hidden Valley
Paradise City

COMMENDED
Bona Nit BCN
Das Fest
Extrema Outdoors
Greenbelt Festival
Kew the Music
Liberation Festival
Malmofestivalen
Northside Festival
Primavera Sound
Wood Festival

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Cambridge Folk Festival
DGTL
Glastonbury Festival
Green Music Festival
Heart of Glass Heart of Gold
Oya Festival
Welcome to the Future

OUTSTANDING
Boom Festival
We Love Green

Cambridge Folk Festival Top of the Tree at the UK Festival Awards

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Eddie Barcan and Cambridge’s Award

Cambridge Folk Festival have won the Greener Festival Award at the 2016 UK Festival Awards and Eddie Barcan, who was the Festival’s programmer and manager for 23 consecutive sold out events, picked up the Award at the London Roundhouse. On a glittering night, Creamfields picked up best major festival, Kendal Calling picked up best medium sized festival, Wildfire Adventure Camp the worthy winners of best small festival, The team from Coda got agency of the year, AEG Live were promoters of the year, Bearded Theory the best family friendly festival, Latitude got best toilets, Dick Tee got the outstanding contribution to festivals award and Liverpool Music Week the best metropolitan festival (you can see all of the winners here http://www.festivalawards.com/2016-winners/) all hosted by BBC Radio One /. 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs .

Ben Eddie, AGF’s Awards Co-ordinator for the UK and Europe said “We are delighted that Cambridge Folk Festival’s continued efforts to reduce their environmental impact has been recognised here at the UK Festival Awards 2017, and huge congratulations to Liz and the team on winning this years Best Greener Festival Award. The Festival champions a sustainable approach amongst its audience, traders, contractors, and staff, evidencing a real commitment to facilitating wider change within the industry and local community. It’s a holistic mindset that is key to success, with sustainability clearly at the core of planning and delivery. A well deserved winner!”

First 2016 Greener Festival Award Winners Announced at ADE Green

2016-winners-of-the-greener-festival-awards-at-ade-greenThe first winners of the Greener Festival Award 2016 have been announced at ADE Green, part of the massive Amsterdam Dance Event.

Welcome to the Future, DGTL, Liberation Festival and Extrema Outdoors were all winning Dutch events who participated in the Award scheme in 2016, and the awards ceremony was organised with Green Events Nederland.

The one day ADE Green took place yesterday (October 19th 2016): ADE Green is a pioneering conference on sustainability, innovation, and social change looking at meaningful solutions for the future. This year, panels and workshops included a focus on sustainable management at major festivals, and series of in-depth workshops where initiatives such as the reusable festival cup and sustainable event management were explored, Green Events Nederland offered tips and tricks for a waste free festival, and other workshops included sanitation – and whether human waste is the the “new gold”, and how to make the right choice of food – whether biological, local and vegetarian, as well as the impact this choice has on the environment. ADE Green returns to ADE in 2017.

To enter the award scheme, led by A Greener Festival, events submit a self assessment which is followed by an on site independent inspection, post event data gathering and a detailed report by the environmental assessor. The assessment forms the basis for the events Environmental Impact Assessment and is a important tool to help events to identify where improvements can be made, as well as celebrating the positive and successful existing actions.

Organiser of Extrema Outdoors, Marcel Mingers’ said: “We are delighted to win this award, which is a great reward for our efforts. Extrema is looking forward to an even greener future.”

A Greener Festival has assessed over 300 festivals over the last 10 years, and re-launched the Awards criteria in 2016 raising the bar and increasing the feedback and reporting available to events. This year’s winners have also already added another 25 trees to AGF’s Festival Wood in Scotland, a decidious re-forestation project managed by Trees for Life.

agf_award_2016-logo-nostars-1Ben Eddie, the AGF Awards Co-ordinator said “I am thrilled to have represented A Greener Festival at the sold out 4th edition of ADE Green at De Brakke Grond, the perfect platform and a new partnership. I was even more pleased  to have opportunity to meet familiar names from coordinating our UK & Europe awards for the first time this year. It was a real pleasure to present the Dutch awards to Liberation and Extrema Outdoor NL (both Commended), and DGTL and Welcome to the Future (both Highly Commended). It was an inspiring program and what better way to finish a packed day of workshops, presentations, and panels than by celebrating the successes of our first Award winners of 2016. It was also awesome too see such a mix of industry professionals, suppliers, and the next generation of festival and live event organisers and students in the same space. The future is now!”

The first results:

Welcome to the Future (HIGHLY COMMENDED)

DGTL Festival (HIGHLY COMMENDED)

Liberation Festival (COMMENDED)

Extrema Outdoors (COMMENDED)

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EARTH DAY

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6th GO GROUP WORKSHOP in Cologne – April 11 & 12 – FINAL PROGRAMME – Register NOW!

go6th GO Group Workshop
Festival and Event Sustainability
Hochschule Fresenius, Cologne
11 & 12 April 2014

Greener, smarter, more sustainable – it’s not special interest anymore. GO Group’s motto and core topics are far up on the agenda today. In the five years of its existence the pan-european think-tank brought together hundereds of festivals, scentists, initiatives and suppliers involved in festival and event organisation and helped them exchange about green and sustainability related issues.

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But still we GO on, because there is need for this interactive, open and communicative format we have successfully set up as GO Group workshops all over Europe.

Now it’s time for the 6th international GO Group workshop in Cologne.

We kindly invite you to this 2-day seminar at the Hochschule Fresenius (University of Applied Sciences), on April 11 and 12 2016. The workshop is kindly hosted by Hochschule Fresenius Cologne and GreenEvents Europe Conference.

The 6th GO Group workshop for Sustainable Festivals and Events will focus on “Audience psychology” (day 1) and “social aspects and responsibility” (day 2).

Look forward to inspiring  presentations,  discussions and case studies from experts and major festivals as well as group workshops on both days!

Register here – NOW!
250€ Regular fee incl. all fees, 19% VAT and lunch on both days.
190€ Yourope members rate incl. all fees, 19% VAT and lunch on both days.

The workshop program:

The workshop language will be English.

Confirmed GO Group speakers:

  • Jacob Bilabel, Green Music Initiative (GER)
  • Christina Bilde, Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Daniel Brunsch, University Cologne (GER)
  • Svetlana Harms, Hochschule Fresenius (GER)
  • Ina Kahle, FKP Scorpio (GER)
  • Dr. Katja Mierke, Psychology School/Hochschule Fresenius (GER)
  • Teresa Moore, A Greener Festival, Former Bucks University (UK)
  • Amit Ray, INTEBUS/Hochschule Fresenius (UK/GER)
  • Holger Jan Schmidt, GreenEvents Europe (GER)
  • Markus Wörl, Tollwood Festival (GER)

Sun 10 April 2016, 19h
GO Group get-together @ Cafe Sehnsucht (Körnerstraße 67, 50823 Köln-Ehrenfeld)
There will be a casual get-together on the pre-workshop evening at this bio-certified restaurant. (This one is on everyone’s own expenses)

Day 1,
Tue 12 April 2016, 9h
Main topic: Audience psychology
incl. lunch & Coffee Break

10.00 Welcome & first round-up
Svetlana Harms (Hochschule Fresenius) & Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe)

           Morning session: On the social psychology of festival crowds: Scientific findings for fostering responsible and sustainable behavior:
10.40 Melting away in the mass: The social psychology of responsibility, group identity and deindividuation
Prof. Dr. Katja Mierke (Psychology School/Hochschule Fresenius)
11.20 Norms, role models and effective signposts: The social psychology of littering and sustainable behavior
Prof. Dr. Katja Mierke (Psychology School/Hochschule Fresenius)
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Roskilde case study
Christina Bilde (Roskilde Festival)
14.15 Communication Psychological Aspects of Individual and Group Behavior during Events
Daniel Brunsch (University Cologne)
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Group sessions
Hosted by Ina Kahle (FKP Scorpio/Leuphana University), Svetlana Harms (Hochschule Fresenius) & Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe)
17.30 Results and Wrap-up

20.00 GO Group Dinner @ Restaurant ECCO  (Kartäuserwall 7-11, 50678 Köln) – This „clean food dinner“ is hosted by Yourope (the European Festival Association)

Day 2,
Tue 12 April 2016, 9h
Main topic: Social aspects and responsibility
incl. Coffee Break & lunch, topics:

09.00 Burned Out Activists – How the Social Change Revolution eats up its kids. (And what to do about it)
Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative)
09.40 Tollwood Festival case study
Markus Wörl (Tollwood Festival)
10.20 Coffee Break
10.30 Values, ethics and the audience
Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival / former Bucks New University)
11.15 Integrating successful CSR Practices: What can we learn from business?
Amit Ray (INTEBUS/Hochschule Fresenius)
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Group sessions
Hosted by Ina Kahle (FKP Scorpio/Leuphana University), Svetlana Harms (Hochschule Fresenius) & Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe)
15.30 Results, Wrap-up & Good-bye
16.00 The End

Travel Service:

Travel Center / Hochscbhule Fresenius
Inga-Yvette Lenzen
Im MediaPark 4c · 50670 Köln
Tel. +49 (0)221 973199- 752
inga.lenzen@hs-fresenius.de

GO are happy to help you with your arrangements. GO are able to offer special deals for the nearest hotels and give you the chance to share a hotel with the GO Group speakers and fellow participants.